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40 ‘I do’s’ at Vatican as Pope marries 20 couples

VATICAN CITY — Forty “I do’s” — or “Si” in Italian — were pronounced in St. Peter’s Basilica Sunday as Pope Francis married 20 couples, with one bride already a mother. Francis in his homily likened families to the “bricks that build society.” Among the couples, all from the Rome area, is one in which …

US in North Korea given 6 years of hard labor

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea’s Supreme Court on Sunday convicted a 24-year-old American man of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labor. At a trial that lasted about 90 minutes, the court said Matthew Miller, of Bakersfield, California, tore up his tourist visa at Pyongyang’s …

Slain UK hostage recalled as devoted to others

LONDON — British aid worker David Haines devoted his life to helping civilians in war zones and that is how he should be remembered, his family said Sunday as they grieved his death at the hands of Islamic State militants in Syria. Haines – the third Westerner beheaded in recent weeks by the Islamic State …

Sierra Leone requests funds for Ebola evacuation

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Sierra Leone has requested funds from the World Health Organization to evacuate a doctor sick with the deadly Ebola disease. The U.N. health organization did not agree to the request, saying that instead it will work to give “the best care possible” to the doctor in Sierra Leone, including access to …

Ukraine government repels rebel attack on airport

LUHANSK, Ukraine — A convoy of more than 200 white trucks crossed the Russian border to deliver humanitarian aid to a battered Ukrainian city on Saturday, a move made without Kiev’s consent yet met with silence by Ukraine’s top leaders. “Early in the morning, we entered Ukraine to bring aid to Luhansk,” said Yury Stepanov, …

Al-Qaida’s Syrian cell alarms US

WASHINGTON — While the Islamic State group is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria – a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe – poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni bomb-makers to target U.S. aviation, American officials say. At …

Cuba sending hundreds of doctors, nurses to fight Ebola in West Africa

LONDON—Cuba’s health ministry says it is sending more than 160 health workers to help stop the raging Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, providing a much-needed injection of medical expertise in a country where health workers are in short supply. In a briefing on Friday, World Health Organization chief Dr. Margaret Chan said the agency was …

Freed Fijian troops call home and then celebrate after release from 2 weeks of captivity

SUVA, Fiji—First came the emotional calls home and then the celebrations Friday as 45 Fijian peacekeepers held captive for two weeks by Syrian militants made it to safety. Fiji’s military chief described how his troops were released at about midnight Fijian time, and were immediately given access to telephones to call their loved ones. By …

Kerry says US, coalition of nations to stand with Iraq against rampant Islamic State militancy

BAGHDAD—The United States pledged Wednesday to stand by Iraq as its new leaders pleaded for help in facing down a rampant, deadly insurgency. The assurances by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a daylong visit to Baghdad came as President Barack Obama prepared to outline his strategy for defeating the Islamic State militant group …

Search begins for 2 climbers lost on mountain thought to be Myanmar’s tallest

YANGON, Myanmar—Helicopters will begin an aerial search for two mountaineers who lost contact with their base camp after scaling what has long been considered Myanmar’s tallest peak, officials said Wednesday. Myo Thant, leader of the Mountaineering Association, said eight climbers headed up Hkakabo Razi last month, but due to the narrow route to the summit, …